“Long, long ago, I saw a dream
With my eyes wide open, I went to pursue it
Food changed, clothes changed, people changed around me
What remained was a big fat salary slip”
Thousands of Indians with ambitions and dreams set out every year on a journey to pursue their American Dream. The farewell at the airport makes them emotional for a moment, but the feeling of visiting another nation brings a smile on their face. They board the flight with bags filled with pickles and papads and eyes with aspirations and hopes of becoming someone and creating a new identity in a foreign land.
New people, new eating habits, new surroundings, everything initially looks so fresh and cool. Miles apart, away from home, they start learning, start working. They make new friends, forge new relationships, spend hours on Skype and Facebook to catch up with their near and dear ones in India. They obtain permanent residency status in the United States. A few years later, they create a niche for themselves with their hard work and intellect. They acquire new jobs and get promoted to higher positions. They slowly and steadily climb up the ladder of success.
Some of them become CEOs of top notch tech firms, a few return to India, but a majority of them stay back trying to sustain and sail through the American style of living. But their newfound success becomes a point for hatred and anger for some American aboriginals. Finally, after years of hard work and perseverance they succumb to attacks of xenophobic Americans who view Indians as the persons responsible for unemployment and recession in their country. Yes, you thought it right. I am talking about the recent shootout of two Indian engineers Srinivas Kuchibotla and Alok Madasani in Kansas. This horrific incident questions the ambitions and belief of every Indian household who wish to send their children abroad. The shootout in Kansas by an American Military veteran has raised new security concerns for Indians living not in the US alone but also in several different parts of the World.
The Indian brain drain to the US is not new and has been going on since years but the new age Globalisation and opening up of economies and employment opportunities to foreign investors and highly talented professionals has taken the natives of the countries into a defensive mode.”Get out of my country “, the words yelled by Adam Purinton, a few minutes before he shot the two Indian techies is a proof of the immense hatred and aversion of Americans towards foreigners, especially Indians.
According to some reports, US lost a whopping 8.4 million jobs due to recession in 2008. The shortfall of jobs, the unwillingness of Indians to leave the US job market and the state of being unemployed has aggravated Americans to the extent of them killing foreign nationals. When Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Government can fight over the waters of Cauvery or when the political parties in some states can object to the entry of people from another state within the territory of India, the feeling of anger and hatred of Americans towards Indians is a natural instinct possessed by every person worldwide when the fear of losing their status and identity sets in their mind. Though sectarian, racist attitude is not a justifiable cause for such brutal killings of Indians, due thought needs to be given to it to deal and tackle with such issues. Also the new political leadership is proving conducive as well as supportive of the increasing racial discrimination in the US.
Not just the US, but other nations of the world have also witnessed the brutal killings of Indians, a few are stated below:
- Anuj Bidve, a Masters student from Pune was shot and killed in December, 2011 for no reason by a local factory worker near Manchester in England;
- Sureshbhai Patel , a 57 year old was brutally assaulted by two policemen in Alabama, United States on grounds of suspicion in February, 2015;
- Prabha Kumar, a software analyst working with an Indian IT firm was stabbed to death in Sydney, Australia in March ,2015;
- Ashwin Patel, a Gujarat based businessman was killed by robbers in New Jersey in USA in December, 2015;
- Rakesh Talreja, a 25 year old youth from Vasai in Thane District was shot dead in Jamaica by four unknown assailants in February, 2017;
It is not just security concerns about Indians all over the world that has grabbed eyeballs, but also the huge brain drain of professionals that needs to be taken into consideration by the Government of our country. Every Indian’s heart fills with pride and joy when he says that the CEO of Google or Microsoft is an Indian. But, this pride would have doubled a hundred times, had tech giants like these had been Indian Companies. The Annual brain drain to the US of Intellectual Indian Minds who have been the pioneers in the many successful business stories in US does no good to the Indian Economy . India is progressing at a rapid pace and there is no dearth of professional employment opportunities. Though at a lesser pay package, the satisfaction of working in our motherland in a safe environment without fear and serving the people of our nation needs to rank above all material considerations.
We often hear parents and colleagues boasting about their children and friends settled abroad. The school reunion and the school friends group on Facebook always brings some sort of jealousy to the people who have a decent job in India and who are living happily in their homeland. All of these needs to stop so as to prevent the huge intellectual loss to the Indian Economy . To sum up I would just like to state a simple yet eyebrow raising question of a shocked and worried father of the Kansas Shootout survivor Alok Madasani who was quoted as saying;
“Do we really need to go and work in the US?”
– Miss Sunshine